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Forum topic by Jim Ganley posted 11-06-2009 10:35 PM 1040 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Ganley

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11-06-2009 10:35 PM

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Someone help me with this as it has been bugging me for the last year, I build Craft Show items for my Bride to sell, and I tend to not stain my items unless it is pine, on sweet woods I have been using a brushing lacquer to bring out the beauty in the wood. I have met several people who want unfinished so they can stain (eek!) the wood and I am trying to justify to stain/clear or paint. Not much profit in this work in fact I give my Bride the labor as she just loves to sit under the “ten X ten”.
Cushing, Wi

-- Jim - Cushing, WI

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#1 posted 11-06-2009 10:38 PM

The customer is always right- give them what they want! Make some stuff without a finish and see how it sells.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-06-2009 11:13 PM

I most often like the clear coats, being able to see the wood. Most other people (non-woodworker) I talk to like the stained / dyed stuff. I agree with lew if you’re making it for someone eles the finish they want is the right one.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#3 posted 11-06-2009 11:47 PM

What I am hearing here is to just leave the wood bare and let the customer do what they want to do with it.

-- Jim - Cushing, WI

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#4 posted 11-07-2009 12:03 AM

The unfinished Item is pretty popular around here as well, I see quite a few at the markets. My only thought/question would be regarding the pricing of it. I’ve seen people who knock so much off of the price that they then have trouble moving the finished items.

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#5 posted 11-07-2009 12:21 AM

If you want the money for doing the finish work, do the finish work. But, like Lew said, the customer is always right.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 11-08-2009 09:00 AM

Hi Jim I would up the price of finished items by 15% and sell unfinished at the present rate there by still making a few bucks Yes the customer is always right there fore give them what they want

-- Africa is not for sissies

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